Awards go to youngsters across county

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Youngsters from across south east Northumberland have won awards for their achievements.

Whilst on the ‘Whatever it Takes’ project, ten young people won an Outstanding Learning Achievement Award for their hard work.

Thanks to the partners, Skill 4 U NE Ltd, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Buzz Learning Ltd, Barnardo’s, Northern Learning Trust and Northumberland Adult Learning Services the project, led by igen Ltd, has delivered training and support to over 580 young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk.

And so far 83 per cent of the young people have successfully progressed to other learning opportunities or employment and are now on their way to successful careers.

The winners received a trophy, certificate and gift vouchers at the award ceremony at the Isabella Centre in Blyth.

The awards were won by young people from Blyth, Cramlington, Morpeth, Choppington, Alnwick, Hadston and Lynemouth, all aged between 16 and 19.

Coun Robert Arkless, policy board member for children’s services presented the awards.

“They have achieved success despite some significant barriers and have all progressed to new jobs and learning opportunities,” he said.

“It was wonderful to see how much of this success was down to the young people themselves with the sensitive and flexible support of excellent training and of course with family and friends supporting them too.”

The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.